Remarkably clean surfaces, hint of mint luster, XF to many
Ron Howard: My favorite regular-issue U.S. coin is the coin PCGS graded MS 68. It is, in my opinion, unmatchable for its combination of originality, preservation, and historic numismatic significance.Ron Guth:
JR-1 - Scarce
JR-2 - Very Scarce
JR-3 - Rare
JR-4 - Very Scarce
JR-5 - Rare
JR-6 - Very Scarc
1796 was the first year that Dimes were struck in America. Six varieties (different die combinations) are known for the year, all of which are either scarce or rare. 1796 Dimes are very rare in Uncirculated condition and most examples fall in the MS-62 to MS-64 range. Gem and better examples are extremely rare.
Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Early United Dimes 1796-1837" by David J. Davis et al.
MARCA 1/1988:409 - Heritage 8/2014:5553, $793,125
Stack’s “Empire” 11/1957:728 - Jimmy Hayes Collection - Stack's 10/1985:16 - John Whitney Walter "Mr. 1796" Collection - Stack's 5/1999:1763 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30229, $881,250
Malcolm N. Jackson Collection - United States Coin Company 5/1913:1000 - Hank Rogers Collection, sold privately in 8/1972 - Jimmy Hayes Collection - Stack’s 4/1983:1139, $37,000 - Paramount “Auction ‘84” 7/1984:612, $37,400 - Foxfire Collection (Claude E. Davis, MD), sold privately (as an entire collection) on 10/5/2004 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1034, $235,000
"Colonel" E.H.R. Green Collection - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & B.G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman, who paid $30 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2013:33313, $188,000 - Simpson Collection
Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/22/1996:1040, $83,600 - High Desert Collection